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ACB is committed to supporting local business, where practically possible, and sponsoring local charities and fund-raising events.
The Company's reputation is for being flexible and sensitive, and working with suppliers and clients to provide a high quality and confidential service.
ACB is also committed to achieving high standards of performance to supply its customers with the highest quality service, incapable of being matched by its competitors.
The Company committed to health, safety and the wellbeing of employees, customers, contractors, visitors and local communities alike, who may be affected by our activities. ACB believes that active co-operation between Management and workforce is an essential element in promoting and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.
Company safety standards are established and maintained, and must be complied with by all parts of the business to ensure that targets are met.
It is the Company's approach that:
All employees have a responsibility to recognise the special relationship of trust between the Company and its clients and, as a general business practice, the Company holds these communications in strictest confidence.
The Company undertakes to enter into confidentiality agreements as and when required on an operational or commercial basis.
All employment-related information about other ACB employees must be treated in a confidential manner. Employees may not gain access to or disclose such information without proper authorisation from a Director and/or the party involved.
The handling of personal information is dealt with under the Company's Data Protection Policy.
Release of Information
Information is not released without consent; the only exceptions being the unlikely event that information is subpoenaed in a legal proceeding, or that the information is required by law to be reported.
Written authorisation is required for the release of information should the client wish the Company to share it with others.
On induction, all employees are made aware that commercial confidentiality is of utmost importance and that any approach by the Press should be directed to a member of the Executive Management Team.
Under no circumstances should a statement or comment be given without the prior agreement of a member of the Executive Management Team.
It is the Company's approach that:
The Company is committed to the following core values in respect of its work, including the fulfilment of its social responsibility:
The Company is committed to the development and well-being of its employees and is equally committed to providing fair and reasonable working conditions and remuneration with equal opportunities for advancement open to all individuals based upon personal performance.
The Company's employees bring a wealth of experience and perspectives to the Company and it seeks to promote this diversity, responding to the needs of all individuals in a fair and equitable manner, whilst observing the Company's commitment and responsibility to current legislation.
Clients & Suppliers
The Company recognises that its business and livelihood depend upon its clients and strives in all its activities to deliver high quality and value in the delivery of its services. The Company works with its clients to identify better working practices and the best available techniques to benefit them in their own business environments.
The Company regards its suppliers as partners and works with them to help achieve its aspirations in the delivery of services to its clients. The Company aims to deliver maximum benefit and value to its clients by reducing costs of wastage through innovation, product development, process improvement and value engineering throughout its supply chain.
The Company strives to be a responsible corporate citizen and is committed to enhancing relations with its neighbours and making beneficial contributions to the local community.
The Company ensures that adequate controls are in place so that its impacts do not adversely affect or cause nuisance or harm to the Company's neighbours and the community. ACB engages, communicates and works closely with its neighbours close to its premises to try to ensure that they are kept up to date with the Company's plans and performance.
The Company supports local charitable organisations through donations and sponsorship, and endeavours to recruit employees from the local community and support local suppliers and contractors to support the local economy.
Environment, Health & Safety
ACB's responsibility to the environment and to adopt sustainable practices in the way the Company does business is a key part of its CSR. The Company is committed to a series of 'green' initiatives, including efficient printing, energy saving lighting, and recycling of products.
The health and safety of the Company's employees and all individuals who may be affected by ACB's business activities is of paramount importance to the Company. The Company safeguards a safe and healthy working environment for all its employees, outside contractors and visitors, not only on its premises, but also for those employees and contractors working on client sites. In addition, liaison with its employees is undertaken regarding the Company's policies and practices so that it can continue to maintain a healthy, safe and enjoyable environment.
The Company ensures compliance with all applicable environmental, health and safety legislation, regulations, industry best practice and other requirements as deemed appropriate, and is committed to behaviours that go beyond legal compliance.
ACB's aspiration is to proactively bring benefit to the communities in which it works and to recognise the benefits to its business in doing so.
The Company has formal policies in place setting out its commitment to the environment, health and safety, and regularly monitors performance against these policies.
ACB recognises its responsibility and is fully dedicated to protecting the environment. The Company is aware that its operations have an effect on the environment and it is the Management's desire that all Company activities are carried out with minimum impact on the environment, wherever practical.
ACB endeavours to source recycling opportunities for spent radioactive material rather than disposing of it to long-term storage facilities landfill or through incineration at an approved treatment facility. In addition, the Company undertakes to minimise the wastes from any processing by utilising the services of an approved recycler or reprocessor.
In order to maintain and sustain this policy and achieve ACB's Environmental Aims & Objectives, the Company is committed to:
It is the Company's approach that all employees have a working environment that promotes dignity and respect, and where individual differences and the contributions made are recognised and valued.
The Company's approach is as follows:
ACB's Health & Safety Policy is a requirement of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, as amended, and continues to be part of the quality assurance and environmental protection programme adopted by the Company to ensure that the highest standards of quality management and that of its services are adhered to.
It is the policy of ACB to protect all persons including employees, customers, contractors and members of the public from potential injury and damage to their health that might arise from work activities.
ACB is dedicated to providing and maintaining a safe working environment, equipment and systems of work for all employees and appropriate personnel - at no cost to those involved.
Safety training is essential in establishing a safe system of work. The Company will ensure that such information, supervision and training of employees in health and safety requirements is provided as appropriate. A list of qualified first aid personnel is displayed.
Health and safety is ingrained into everything ACB does. Where appropriate, operational procedures have a specific health and safety requirement, which is detailed in that procedure as required.
The Company gives a high level of commitment to health and safety and it is the Company's intention to regularly review this policy to ensure its accuracy and compliance with the latest legislation and statutory requirements.
ACB has a policy of providing services of the highest professional quality and is committed to this as an obligation to its clients, the general public and the environment. ACB is also committed to maintaining a quality organisation, with trained and capable personnel and a good working environment.
To achieve an efficient operation and maintain customer confidence, ACB understands the importance of conformance to a recognised managment system (QEMS) and is thus committed to following the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards for its practices in the commercial disposal of low level and intermediate level radioactive wastes.
The Quality Objectives are established based on the current business needs and are reviewed at each QEMS review meeting to ensure that they remain measureable and consistent with the Quality Policy.
ACB maintains and keeps records of its QEMS in accordance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and all legal and regulatory requirements.
It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that the contents of the QEMS manual are understood and that the relevant policies and procedures laid down within the QEMS are adhered to.
The QEMS is fully endorsed by the Directors of ACB, understood by all staff, and implementation by all Company personnel is mandatory. Each and every ACB employee is suitably competent and qualified to provide services to the Company's clients and is involved in and dedicated to achieving high quality standards for ACB's clients through the application of the QEMS.
To maintain continual improvement in its QEMS activities, business will be conducted according to the following principles, whereby ACB will: